Wax Children are described as Stoner Indie Pop on the lolipop records bandcamp which to me is a misnomer for anyone that uses the genre name. First, off I thought that was why “psych” was invented. Second, stoner pop does little to definite what is actually happening in the music, much like the “Chill” banner given to a lot of music these days. Oh well, anyway this review is supposed to be focused on Wax Children’s release “Safe Hands”. Maybe I’m the one who is stoned?
Safe Hands starts off like any jittery pop anthem might, guitar driven and whimsical, the opening track doesn’t do much for me, but track two keeps me there with vocal “Oh Ohs” and whistling. However, luckily for me the true slam on this album is “Mr. Hill”; track three. This one combines the better elements of songs one and two and enlists a bonus guitar breakdown at the end of the song. Akin to Elliot Smith’s band Heatmiser fusing with a Kevin Barnes project. It’s a catchy jam and my favorite on this release.
The next few tracks leave a little to be desired. Maybe if there was a little more focus on the production side of these recordings. I get that these dudes are going for a dreamy sound. A sort of Shoegaze, psych, pop, jam feeling but the mix isn’t thick enough to pull that off, and if they are going for that bedroom sound it is too produced for that.
I am neutral on the art, the cassette is pad stamped and imprinted. Looks fine. Listen for yourself, whatever’s clever.